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GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THE PROJECT CONNECT AUSTIN, UM, JOINT ANNUAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON BEHALF OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

I WILL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER TODAY'S WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, AND THE TIME IS 1:11 PM MAYOR, WOULD YOU LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER NEXT? AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL HERE TODAY, PARTICIPATING IN THE ANNUAL JOINT PARTNERSHIP MEETING ON NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022, AND WE'RE READY TO PROCEED.

THANK YOU, MAYOR CHAIR PAVILION, AND ON BEHALF OF THE CAP METRO BOARD, I'VE BEEN INFORMED THAT WE HAVE A QUORUM AS WELL.

SO I CALL THIS MEETING THE ORDER AT ONE 12.

THANK YOU.

IN THIS PERIOD OF TIME, BECAUSE I KNOW SOME OF YOU HAVE A REALLY HARD STOP AT 3:30 PM UH, AND WE'RE STARTING ABOUT 10 MINUTES LATE.

I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP OUR REMARKS BRIEF, BUT ALSO, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME EVERYONE AND IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING, AND WE JUST CELEBRATED THANKSGIVING LAST WEEK.

I AM HERE AS A DEEP HONOR AND GRATITUDE TO ALL OF YOU FOR CARVING OUT THE TIME TO JOIN US, TO LEARN ABOUT THE SUCCESSES WE'VE HAD THIS YEAR IN ADVANCING THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO PASS IT ON TO YOU FOR ANY OPENING REMARKS, MEMBER OF PAVILION.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO SURPRISE EVERYBODY AND NOT TALK A LOT.

UM, I THINK THAT, UM, THAT WE HAVE HAD AN INCREDIBLE YEAR.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO GIVE OUR, OUR STAFF AND, AND, UH, THE FOLKS THAT ARE WORKING WITH US, THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THAT STORY.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WE, UM, WE HAVE BEEN, UH, LOOKING FORWARD TO NOT ONLY WORKING TOGETHER, UH, BUT BUILDING A FUTURE FOR AUSTIN.

SO, UM, I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ALL OF THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE SAID AND THEN REFLECTING ON 'EM AND FIGURING OUT WHERE WE GO FROM THERE.

THANK YOU, CHAIR PAVILION, MAYOR ADLER, UH, APPRECIATE, UH, YOUR LEADERSHIP, UH, COMMISSIONER'S, UH, LEADERSHIP AND EVERYBODY ELSE HERE.

UH, INCREDIBLE YEAR TO GO THROUGH IN TERMS OF, UH, TRANSITIONS AND, AND, AND, AND MEETING THE MOMENT.

IT'S GOING TO BE A YEAR THAT WE APPROACH, UH, THAT'S ALSO GOING TO REQUIRE A LOT OF, UH, WORK, UH, AS WE GO THROUGH ADDITIONAL TRANSITIONS, AS WE FIGURE OUT HOW IT IS WE LAND THIS PROJECT IN A WAY THAT, THAT MEETS THE, THE PROMISES AND THE POTENTIAL, UH, BUT ALSO DOES IT IN A WAY THAT DOES JUSTICE BY OUR, BY OUR TAXPAYERS.

I KNOW WE CAN DO IT, AND ANXIOUS, UM, TO, TO WATCH THIS PROCESS PROCEED.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

AS A REMINDER, THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT CALLS FOR THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP TO CONVENE AN ANNUAL MEETING OF THE THREE PARTIES TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF PROJECT CONNECT, INCLUDING SEVERAL REQUIRED COMPONENTS THAT YOU'LL SEE PRESENTED AS WELL AS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE 2022 ANNUAL MANAGEMENT REPORT, A COPY OF WHICH YOU WILL FIND IN FRONT OF YOU.

AND THE AUDIENCE MAY FIND THE ANNUAL MANAGEMENT REPORT ON ATP'S WEBSITE@WWW.ATPTX.ORG.

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO CONVENE WITH YOU TODAY, AND TODAY'S CONVERSATION IS ASSIGNED TO ENCOURAGE DIALOGUE AS WE MARK THE SECOND YEAR OF THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT TO LEARN AND SHARE WITH ONE ANOTHER.

ALSO, AT THE END OF THIS MEETING, AS WE WAIT FOR A COUPLE OF MORE COUNCIL MEMBERS, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A CELEBRATION OF THEIR LEADERSHIP.

SO PLEASE STAY, UM, FOR A COMMEMORATIVE PHOTO AT THE END.

SO PLEASE DON'T, DON'T RUSH OUT AND LEAVE US.

OKAY.

UM, SO WE'RE

[1. Staff briefing and discussion on the Project Connect Annual Management Report. No action will be taken.]

GONNA JUMP RIGHT AWAY TO THE ANNUAL MANAGEMENT REPORT.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY, I WILL START WITH THE PRESENTATION, AND I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE STAFF OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, THE STAFF OF CAPITAL METRO, AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN, WHO'S JOINING US TO PRESENT THE PROJECT CONNECT ANNUAL MANAGEMENT REPORT.

SO, GREG, I'LL HAND IT OVER TO YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UH, WELCOME EVERYONE.

WE'RE GLAD WE CAN CONVENE.

UM, AND IN THE, UH, IN THE SPIRIT OF, OF BREVITY, UH, COMMISSIONER, UH, I JUST WANNA ALSO THANK, UH, AND ACKNOWLEDGE CITY MANAGER CRONK, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER VON DACA, AND CAPTAIN NATURAL CEO, UH, DOTTY WATKINS.

I THINK WHAT YOU'LL SEE TODAY IS REALLY THIS PARTNERSHIP AND ACTION AS WE FORMED AND MATURED OUR RELATIONSHIP OVER THIS PAST, UH, THIS PAST YEAR.

UM, AND WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT SOME OF OUR SUCCESSES, TALK ABOUT HOW WE'RE MOVING FORWARD, BUT WE'RE REAL EXCITED ABOUT, UM, THE FRAMEWORK AND THE FRIENDSHIPS AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE FORMED IN THESE PARTNERSHIPS OVER THESE LAST MONTHS.

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SO, I'LL JUST QUICKLY BEFORE WE START, IT'S OKAY.

JUST ACKNOWLEDGE, UM, GENE OR DOTTY, IF YOU WANNA SAY SOMETHING BEFORE WE BEGIN THIS FIRST AGENDA ON THE ANNUAL REPORT.

THANK YOU, GREG.

UM, DOTTY WATKINS, INTERIM CEO FOR CAP METRO, AND JUST WANTED TO, BEFORE WE HAVE STAFF, DIVE INTO THE REPORT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ACCOMPLISH.

REMIND EVERYONE THAT THIS IS A VERY LONG TERM PROGRAM THAT WE ARE IN YEAR TWO, AND SO WHILE WE ARE VERY PROUD OF ALL OF THE WORK THAT WE'VE DONE, WE KNOW THERE'S STILL A WHOLE LOT MORE LEFT TO GO.

UM, CAT METRO HAS BEEN VERY INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS AS, UM, ONE OF THE FUNDERS OF PROJECT CONNECT AND BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DELIVERY OF SOME OF ITS KEY ELEMENTS, INCLUDING ITS, UM, EARLY PROGRAMS SUCH AS METRO RAIL IMPROVEMENTS AND METRO RAPID.

UM, WE HAVE, IT HAS BEEN, UM, OUR PLEASURE TO, TO PARTNER WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND THE CITY FOLKS, UM, TO DESIGN THESE ELEMENTS.

UM, IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK ABOUT THE PROGRAM AS A WHOLE.

AND SO I'M EXCITED TO HEAR, UM, STAFF FROM EACH OF THE, THE THREE PARTNERS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED.

UM, THE, THE FOLKS THAT YOU SEE BEFORE US, UM, JOIN OUR TEAMS THAT WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO SUPPORT, UM, TRANSIT IN THIS COMMUNITY, BOTH TODAY AND THE FUTURE EXPANSIONS.

UM, THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT WE HIGHLIGHT TODAY ARE NOT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THOSE OF US SITTING UP HERE, BUT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUR VERY TALENTED STAFF.

UM, AND ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY, I'M PROUD TO BE A PART OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT GETS TO SUPPORT THIS TEAM.

UM, FINALLY, I WANNA THANK THE GOVERNING BODIES MOST, ESPECIALLY THE CAT METRO BOARD, UH, FOR SUPPORTING THE PROGRAM, ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS AND BEING OUR CHAMPIONS YEAR ROUND.

UM, SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR WORK ON THIS PARTNERSHIP.

WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU, MS. WATKINS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND, UM, THANK, THANK YOU CHAIR AND GREG.

UM, I JUST WANNA REALLY TAKE A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE HARD WORK THAT'S BROUGHT US TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE CELEBRATED SOME COUNCIL ACTION A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO THAT, YOU KNOW, MEANINGFUL IMPROVEMENTS AND, AND MEANINGFUL, UM, INITIATIVES THAT ARE, ARE MOVING THIS PROJECT FORWARD.

AND WHAT WE SEE BEFORE US ARE THE STAFFS THAT ARE GATHERED TOGETHER.

UM, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE'VE HAD, UH, THE COLLECTION OF, OF STAFF TALENT THAT WE HAVE RIGHT HERE COLLECTIVELY PRESENTING, BUT THIS EMBODIES THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE PARTNERSHIP.

UM, SEEMS LIKE, YOU KNOW, TWO SHORT YEARS AGO THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MANAGER CRONK, WE ASSEMBLED THE CITY TEAM TO SUPPORT PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, AND SO WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT WHAT WE HAVE HERE AND TO MOVE THIS PROJECT FORWARD THAT OUR, OUR COMMUNITY HAS TRUSTED US WITH.

I WANT TO THANK OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE CAP METRO BOARD FOR, UH, FOR, FOR CONVENING THIS GROUP AND FOR GIVING THE CITY DIRECTION TO PROVIDE THE, THE TRANSIT AND THE MOBILITY, UM, OPTIONS AND CHOICES THAT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MS PINT COM.

CORRECT.

WELL, WITH THAT, AGAIN, THANKS EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE, AND WE'LL GET STARTED.

AS YOU CAN SEE, UH, IN FRONT OF US, FAR IN FRONT OF US, UM, WE HAVE A COLLECTION OF ATP CAP METRO CITY OF AUSTIN STAFF, AND WE'RE JOINED BY THE CHAIR OF THE CAC, UM, AS WELL.

SO THANK YOU.

UM, TODAY WE WANT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH YOU ABOUT WHERE WE ARE ON PROJECT CONNECT AND HOW WE'VE ADVANCED THIS PROGRAM OVER THESE EARLY YEARS.

UM, AND SO THIS FIRST AGENDA ITEM IS REALLY RECAPPING WHERE WE ARE, SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WE'VE HAD AND SOME OF THE EMERGING TOPICS WE'VE HAD.

SO ON SLIDE FOUR, UM, WE'RE GONNA SHORT FOCUS ON EQUITY AS WE KNOW, UM, PROJECT CONNECT WAS BUILT OFF OF, UM, OUR COMMUNITY'S VALUES, UH, ABOUT EQUITY AND ADVANCING EQUITY FOR AUSTIN.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE START THERE TODAY WITH THE CONVERSATION.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE A, UH, CONVERSATION ABOUT WHERE WE ARE IN SOME OF THE OTHER PROJECT, UH, ELEMENTS, UH, BESIDES LIGHT RAIL, UH, SOME OF THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE ON THOSE.

TALK ABOUT THE EMERGING TOPIC ON, ON THE, UH, IN THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

UH, AND THEN THE DISPLACEMENT, AS WE KNOW, UM, AUSTIN IS UNIQUE IN THE COUNTRY THAT WE, UM, WERE ABLE TO, WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD TO INVEST IN, UM, DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION AS PART OF A TRANSIT ELECTION.

IT WAS REALLY THE FIRST THAT HAD HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY.

UM, WE CERTAINLY, LIKE YOU GET A LOT OF COMMENTS ABOUT HOW DID WE DO THAT, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TODAY, IF WE CAN, WE'LL SPEND SOME TIME TALKING ABOUT THE PROGRESS ON, ON THAT, THOSE EFFORTS AS WELL.

AND THEN FINALLY TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW WE CONTINUE TO WORK AND ADVANCE ALL OF THESE TOPICS WITH OUR COMMUNITY.

SO WITH THAT, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO COURTNEY CHAVEZ WITH OUR, UH, SHE'S OUR DIVERSITY INCLUSION EQUITY OFFICER WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

IT'S I AM COURTNEY CHAVEZ, DIRECTOR OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

UM, NICE TO SEE YOU ALL TODAY.

EXCITING TO KICK OFF THIS, THIS BIG DISCUSSION.

UM, SO AS GREG SAID, WE ARE STARTING ON A CONVERSATION

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AROUND EQUITY.

IT'S LIKE WE'RE CONTINUING THAT CONVERSATION ON EQUITY BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN HAVING IT PRETTY EXTENSIVELY AND CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

UH, WHAT YOU'LL SEE ON THE SCREEN IS A JOINT COMMITMENT TO EQUITY GOAL GOALS AND METRICS.

ESSENTIALLY, THIS IS A PULLOUT FROM THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT THAT REQUIRES ALL OF THE BODIES HERE TO LOOK AT AND BRING FORWARD THE KEY, UH, GOALS AND METRICS THAT WE'RE GONNA USE IN ORDER TO MONITOR THE FORWARD LOOKING PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT.

SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD INTO 2023, WE'RE GOING TO START TO BRING ALIGNMENT BETWEEN ALL THREE BODIES TO IDENTIFY WHAT THOSE KEY GOALS AND METRICS ARE, HOW WE'RE GONNA MEASURE THEM, HOW IT BUILDS INTO THE PROCESS OF DECISION MAKING FOR THE OPTIONS THAT WE'RE GONNA BE PUTTING FORWARD, AND ALSO AGREEMENT ON THE OUTCOMES WE'RE LOOKING FOR.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO I SAY THIS, AND I'M USING THIS SLIDE NOT AS AN EDUCATIONAL PIECE BECAUSE WHAT I SEE WHEN I'M LOOKING AT ALL OF YOU IS THAT WE ALL HAVE A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT EQUITY MEANS IN THIS WORK.

WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN POLICIES, WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN PRACTICES, WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN VISIONS OF WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE IN PROJECT CONNECT.

WHERE WE NEED TO GET TO IS ALIGNMENT AND AN OVERARCHING VISION SO THAT WE CAN BE CLEAR ON THE MEASURES, WE CAN BE, BRING CLARITY TO THE WORDS THAT WE'RE USING BECAUSE WE USE EQUITY PRETTY CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR DOCUMENTS.

UM, IN THAT SENSE, WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE MOVING TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPACTS AND OUTCOMES THAT WE WANT TO SEE WHAT OUR VALUES ARE FOR THIS PROJECT.

AVES IS HAR CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE OR CAC.

I, I JUST WANT TO MENTION THAT REALLY, YOU KNOW, FIRST I WANNA THANK ALL THE COMMUNITY LEADERS HERE AND ALL THE FOLKS THAT PUT IN ALL THIS EFFORT ON EQUITY AND MAKING SURE THAT WE WERE FOCUSED ON THIS EFFORT.

AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF FOR THE WORK THEY'VE DONE, DONE SINCE TO REALLY MAKE PROGRESS ON THAT GOAL.

SO AS A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN PART OF THIS PROCESS THROUGH OUR WORKING GROUPS AND OTHER THINGS IN DEFINING WHAT THOSE METRICS LOOK LIKE.

WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PRACTICES, HOW DO WE MAKE IT MORE COMMUNITY FACING? SO IT'S BEEN AN EXCITING TIME WORKING WITH OUR STAFF TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE REALLY MOVING TOWARDS MEANINGFUL PROGRESS ON THE EQUITY RELATED GOALS OF THE OVERALL PROJECT.

WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A LONG TERM PART OF THE WORK.

THIS WILL BE AN ONGOING PIECE OF THE WORK THROUGH THE ENTIRE LIFETIME OF PROJECT CONNECT AND ALL THE DIFFERENT INFRASTRUCTURE WORK THAT WE WILL HAVE TO DO.

SO WE REALIZE THAT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO QUICKLY AND IMMEDIATELY.

AND THE LAST THING I'LL JUST SAY IS I THINK, YOU KNOW, AS WE'RE DOING THIS GREAT INTERNAL WORK THAT COURTNEY AND TEAM WILL BE PRESENTING AND GREG TALKED ABOUT, WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT HOW DO WE MAKE THIS WORK MORE COMMUNITY FACING SO THAT OUR EQUITY PIECE BECOMES MORE COMMUNITY FACING AND WE CAN BUILD THE, BRING IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND A LOT OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE'RE HAVING, AND MORE AND MORE WE'RE SEEING IN THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT FOLKS ARE EXCITED TO SEE THE WORK THAT IS HAPPENING.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO TO THAT END, YOU'VE SEEN THE GLOBAL VIEW OF EQUITY WITHIN THE PROJECT ITSELF AND WHERE WE'RE HEADING.

SO I'M TAKING A STEP BACK AND GETTING GRANULAR WITH EACH PIECE OF WHERE WE'RE HEADING WITH EQUITY WITHIN ATP ITSELF.

AND SO AS WE BUILD THIS STRATEGY, BECAUSE WE'RE STILL A YOUNG ORGANIZATION WHERE WE CANNOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE INTERNAL ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE SIDE OF EQUITY, ALONG WITH THE EXTERNAL OUTPUTS.

SO ALL OF IT COMBINES TOGETHER.

IT MATTERS WHO'S AT THE TABLE, IT MATTERS WHAT OUR PRACTICES AND POLICIES ARE INTERNALLY, THAT THEN FEEDS INTO HOW WE ARE GONNA DELIVER THE LIGHT BULB PROJECT.

AND SO TO THAT END, WE'RE STILL BUILDING, WE'RE STILL YOUNG, WE'RE MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR POLICIES, MOVING, MOVING TRAINING FORWARD, AND FIGURING OUT ALL OF THE ASPECTS OF EQUITY THAT WILL EMBED SO THAT EVENTUALLY EVERY PERSON THAT SITS HERE TODAY WILL BE AN EQUITY EXPERT ALONG WITH ME.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO GETTING EVEN A LITTLE BIT MORE GRANULAR, UM, IT WAS MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE SPECIFIC REPORT OUTS WHEN IT COMES TO WORKFORCE AND EQUITY POLICIES AND UPDATES.

AND SO THIS IS THE MORE EXTERNAL FOCUSED VIEW OF WHAT EQUITY IS FOR THE PROJECT FROM AN ATP PERSPECTIVE.

SO A LOT OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS YEAR AS WE WERE BUILDING, WE HAD OUR TITLE SIX PROGRAM PLAN ADOPTED, WHICH IS THE BASELINE OF EQUITY.

UM, IT'S WHERE DEI POLICIES COME FROM.

UM, WE'VE ADOPTED AND IMPLEMENTED OUR DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM, WHICH IS, UM, IN LINE WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS.

SO WE ARE ABLE TO PUT GOALS ON CONTRACTS AND START TO BUILD OUT THAT PROGRAM MORE EXTENSIVELY.

UM, I HAVE HERE WE'VE INITIATED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES.

SO WITHIN THE JPA THERE ARE VERY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO BETTER BUILDER, UM, SOME OTHER CON CONSTRUCTION CAREERS PROGRAMS. SO THOSE WILL BE MORE CONNECTED TO WHEN WE GET TO THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE BUSINESS IMPACT FUND AS WELL.

UH, WHAT WE'RE STARTING HERE NOW IS SETTING UP A, AN ECOSYSTEM OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WHERE WE CAN LOOK AT A, A WAY THAT WILL BUILD A MOBILITY WORKFORCE PROCESS FOR THE COMMUNITY HERE.

THAT MEANS ENSURING THAT PEOPLE IN COMMUNITY WHO

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WANT TO GET JOBS HAVE ACCESS TO NOT ONLY CONSTRUCTION JOBS, BUT CAN MOVE INTO CAT METRO JOBS FOR OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE CAN POTENTIALLY MOVE INTO OTHER JOBS AROUND.

AND THAT WE'RE GONNA BUILD A PIPELINE THAT ENCOURAGES ADVANCEMENT AS WE GO.

SO WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF BUILDING THAT NOW FOR ATP ITSELF.

WE'VE BEGUN OUR ILA WITH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, GETTING SOME, UM, CONVERSATIONS GOING THERE TO SUPPORT THE CAP METRO ILA THAT WAS ADOPTED RECENTLY.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THAT EVOLVE AS WE GET INTO THE NEXT YEAR.

UM, FINALLY STRENGTHENING OUR PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S ACTUALLY VERY NEAR TO THE WORK THAT I DO BECAUSE I NOW EXTENSIVELY RELY ON THE CAC FOR A LOT OF DISCUSSION AND, UM, DIALOGUE AS WE KEEP GOING.

AND SO I APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT THE CAC HAS DONE.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

AND GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS MOLLY KING AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF PROJECT CONNECT INTEGRATION FOR CAP METRO.

I'M ALSO JOINED TODAY BY MY COLLEAGUE, CHARMILLA MUKERJI, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR CA METRO.

I'M PLEASED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU TODAY, THE MONUMENTAL PROGRESS THAT CAT METRO HAS MADE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ATP IN THE CITY.

IN SUPPORT OF THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM, WE CONTINUE TO CHAMPION EXPANDED TRANSIT SERVICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY WITH THE GOAL OF DELIVERING THESE NEW SERVICES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO SERVE AND CONNECT THE CITY.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, PROJECT CONNECT IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST BRINGING LIGHT RAIL TO AUSTIN.

THERE ARE MORE IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR EXISTING TRANSIT NETWORK THAT WE'RE BRINGING TO THE COMMUNITY.

AS PART OF PROJECT CONNECT, SPANNING BUS AND COMMUTER RAIL SERVICES, WE HAVE THREE METRO RAIL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS UNDERWAY, THE FIRST OF WHICH HAS REACHED SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION LAKELINE TO LEAN LEANDER DOUBLE TRACKING WAS THE FIRST CAPITAL PROJECT OF THE PROGRAM TO BREAK GROUND BACK IN SEPTEMBER, 2021.

IT DELIVERS ON THE COMMITMENTS OF PROJECT CONNECT TO PROVIDE IMPROVED SERVICE IN THIS CORRIDOR, PROVIDING ANOTHER SET OF TRACKS ON THE EXISTING METRO RAIL RED LINE BETWEEN THE LAKELINE AND LEANER STATIONS.

THIS ALLOWS FOR IMPROVED SERVICE, INCLUDING REDUCED TRAVEL TIME ALONG THE RED LINE.

WE ARE EXCITED TO SAY THAT WE ARE NEARLY COMPLETE AND ANTICIPATE HOSTING A RIBBON CUTTING IN EARLY 2023.

ADDITIONALLY, MANY OF YOU JOINED US OVER THE SUMMER AT A GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION FOR THE MUCH ANTICIPATED MCCULLOUGH STATION.

THE STATION WILL NOT ONLY SERVE THE Q2 STADIUM, BUT ALSO BETTER CONNECT THE GROWING COMMUNITY AROUND THE STADIUM TO OUR TRANSIT NETWORK.

I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THIS PROJECT CONTINUES TO BE ON TIME AND ON BUDGET, AND IT IS ANTICIPATED TO OPEN IN TIME FOR THE 2024 AUSTIN FC SEASON.

TO THAT, I SAY LEAST DOSE VERDE.

FINALLY, WE BROKE GROUND ON THE BROAD MO STATION, A P THREE PROJECT THAT WILL BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 2024.

THIS NEW STATION WILL PROVIDE GREAT ACCESS TO AND FROM THE QUICKLY GROWING AREA AROUND THE DOMAIN, INCLUDING THE UPTOWN ATX DEVELOPMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SOME OF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS VIDEO BEFORE, BUT IT IS ALWAYS SO EXCITING TO SEE CONSTRUCTION AND PROGRESS.

THIS VIDEO IS TAKEN ONSITE AT I'M GRATEFUL TO OUR TEAM FOR WORKING SO HARD TO GET US TO THIS POINT WHERE WE ARE BUILDING AND TRULY DELIVERING BENEFITS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

IN ADDITION TO THESE COMMUTER RAIL PROJECTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WE HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL CAPITAL INVESTMENTS FOR THE RED LINE.

FIRST, QUIET ZONES WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR FOLKS LIVING ADJACENT TO THE RED LINE BY REDUCING THE FREQUENCY OF TRAIN HORNS.

EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, THESE QUIET ZONES ARE COUPLED WITH SIGNIFICANT SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS OF THE CROSSING ITSELF THEMSELVES, WHICH IS ALWAYS A PRIORITY FOR CAP METRO.

SECOND, WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THE DESIGN OF AN UNDERPASS FOR COMMUTER AND FREIGHT RAIL SERVICE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF AIRPORT AND LAMAR.

TRAFFIC IN THIS AREA PAIRED WITH RAIL ACTIVITY IS A CHALLENGE FOR MOBILITY AND SAFETY, AS WE ALL KNOW.

IN ADDITION, THIS WOULD POTENTIALLY CONTRIBUTE TO COST SAVINGS FOR THE PROPOSED LIGHT RAIL ALIGNMENT THIS YEAR.

WE'VE ADVANCED INITIAL DESIGN WORK FOR THIS FUTURE SAFETY AND MOBILITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND OUR ANTICIPATING ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE IN THE COMING WEEKS AHEAD OF SUBMITTING A GRANT.

TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT, I WANNA THANK OUR PARTNERS AT THE CITY ATP AND ALSO AT TECH DOT FOR WORKING THROUGH THIS OPPORTUNITY WITH US.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

IN ADDITION TO OUR RED LINE IMPROVEMENTS, PROJECT CONNECTS FIRST TWO METRO RAPID LINES ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND WE ARE MAKING GREAT PROGRESS TO BRING ALL ELECTRIC BUSES TO SERVE THEM.

OUR PLEASANT VALLEY AND EXPO CENTER METRO RAPID LINES

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ARE A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE ARE PROUD OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS WE ARE MAKING ON BOTH.

WE'VE COMPLETED NINE STATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO PROJECTS AND 16 STATIONS ARE CURRENTLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION PIPELINE.

AND I CAN'T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW EXCITING IT IS THAT THESE LINES WILL FEATURE AN ALL-ELECTRIC FLEET.

WE HAVE BUSES CURRENTLY ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE AT TWO DIFFERENT PLANTS AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO BRINGING SOME OF THE SHINY NEW ELECTRIC BUS SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY IN 2023.

I WOULD BE REMISS TO MOVE OFF THE SLIDE WITHOUT EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION FOR OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY AND ATP ON METRO RAPID.

WE'RE EXTREMELY THANKFUL FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THIS WORK, BOTH THROUGH THE PERMITTING PROCESSES OF COURSE, BUT ALSO THROUGH THEIR INVESTMENT AND ADDITIONAL MOBILITY AND UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS AS PART OF THE METRO RAPID PROJECTS.

WE HAVE SAID BEFORE.

AND IT IS TRUE THAT PROJECT CONNECT IS A TRANSIT EXPANSION PROGRAM, BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY BENEFITS FROM IT, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE INVESTMENT IN HIGH QUALITY BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE, NEW TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS, AND IMPROVED UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

FINALLY, IN TERMS OF CAPITAL PROJECTS, WE ARE CONTINUING THE FINAL STAGES OF DESIGN FOR THE PARK AND RIDE FACILITIES.

THESE PARK AND RIDES ARE CRITICAL ANCHOR POINTS AT THE END OF THE METRO RAPID LINES, AND THEY PROVIDE CONVENIENT ACCESS TO TRANSIT FOR CUSTOMERS WHO AREN'T WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.

THEY ALSO SUPPORT OUR ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH OVERHEAD CHARGING, KEEPING OUR BUSES MOVING FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME.

THE CAP METRO BOARD AUTHORIZED THE PURCHASE OF EIGHT ACRES OF EXPO CENTER PROPERTY FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR THE EXPO CENTER PARK AND RIDE AT GOODNIGHT RANCH.

WE ARE IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH THE DEVELOPER FOR THE PARK AND RIDE AT THAT LOCATION IN ANTICIPATION OF THE SITE PLANNING PROCESS NEXT YEAR.

WHILE THEY SOUND PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD, THESE FACILITIES BENEFIT OUR CUSTOMERS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY WITH AMENITIES SUCH AS BASES FOR WHEELCHAIR CHARGING WHILE CUSTOMERS WAIT FOR THEIR BUS ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE PUBLIC AND NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF ALL ROADWAY USERS.

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IN ADDITION TO BEING A REQUIREMENT OF THE JPA AND THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS, CENTERING EQUITY IN OUR CONSTRUCTION OF THESE PROJECTS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

THE CONSTRUCTION PRO CONTRACTS FOR THE METRO RAPID AND METRO RAIL PROJECTS HAVE BEEN PROCURED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CAP METRO'S DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE OR DBE PROGRAM, AND INCLUDE THE WORKER PROTECTION STIPULATED IN THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT SUCH AS LIVING WAGE AND WORKER'S COMP TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE.

ADDITIONALLY, CAP METRO HAS HIRED A FIRM TO CONDUCT ONSITE MONITORING, ENSURING THAT THESE PROTECTIONS ARE IN PLACE.

THEY WILL COMPLETE THOSE MONITORING IN ADDITION TO WHAT CAP METRO IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW AS A RECIPIENT OF CERTAIN FEDERAL FUNDS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

I WANT TO BRIEFLY TOUCH ON ANOTHER CRITICAL PROJECT THAT CAP METRO EMBARKED UPON IN 2022 THAT'S UPDATES TO OUR FAIR PROGRAMS TO INCREASE TRANSIT ACCESS AND FAIR EQUITY.

THE CAP METRO BOARD APPROVED THESE CHANGES TO THE FAIR STRUCTURE AND POLICY IN 2022, AND WE'RE CURRENTLY PILOTING THE TECHNOLOGY INTERNALLY IN PREPARATION FOR A ROLLOUT TO OUR CUSTOMERS IN 2023.

THESE CHANGES ENHANCE EQUITY BY ENSURING EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO OUR PAST DISCOUNTS.

MM-HMM , NOT JUST THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD OR EVEN JUST PLAN AHEAD TO RIDE AT THE BEGINNING OF A MONTH.

WE'VE ALSO ADDED AN ADDITIONAL REDUCED FAIR CATEGORY FOR THE MOST FINANCIALLY VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY SERVICES AS PART OF PROJECT CONNECT WILL USE THE CAT METRO FAIR STRUCTURE ONCE OPERATIONAL.

SO WE ARE EXCITED TO CONTINUE TO BUILD UPON THIS FORMULA FOR FAIR TRANSIT FARES AT CAP METRO.

WE CONTINUE TO BE DEDICATED TO PROVIDING TRANSIT SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND EXPANDING THE, THE EXPANSION OF OUR NETWORK WITH THE GOAL OF DELIVERING THESE NEW SERVICES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.

I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR TIME TODAY.

UM, I'LL HAND IT OVER TO CHARMILLA TO NOW DISCUSS OUR ET O PROGRAM.

THANK YOU.

THANKS, MOLLY.

UM, I'M CHARMELLA CHARMILLA MUJI, I'M EVP PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AT CAP METRO.

AND, UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE TO THE, YES.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M HERE.

I'M VERY EXCITED TODAY, UH, TO JUST GIVE YOU ALL AN UPDATE ON OUR EQUITABLE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

UM, WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL TOD THAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ALL ARE FAMILIAR WITH AND WHAT BRINGS E TO THE TOD? UM, THIS EFFORT THAT WE ARE HEARING A LOT ABOUT NOW, IT WAS INITIATED IN 2020 WITH A FEDERAL GRANT, UM, IT'S FTA TOD PLANNING, UH, GRANT THAT WE RECEIVED

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FOR 900,000 AT THAT POINT.

THAT WAS THE HIGHEST AWARD IN THAT YEAR, UH, FOLLOWED BY, UH, AN ADDITIONAL GRANT IN 2021 TO SUPPORT THAT 1.65 MILLION OF FTA TD PLANNING GRANT SUPPORT CAME, UH, TO, TO THIS, TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.

SO I WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AS I TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP, OUR INCREDIBLE PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY OF AUSTIN THAT GOT US TO THIS POINT.

UM, SO WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PROJECT CONNECT AND WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ET A OR EQUITY IN CONTEXT OF PROJECT CONNECT? IT IS BECAUSE AS ALL OF YOU KNOW, THE LAND USE, LAND USE AND HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT GO HAND IN HAND.

THE VIABILITY AND VISIBILITY OF HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT CANNOT BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE LAND USE FRAMEWORK.

SO WE THOUGHT AS PROJECT CONNECT WAS, UM, GAINING, UM, GROUND AND GETTING UP TO SPEED AFTER PROP, WE THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE PHENOMENAL TO BE ABLE TO HELP THE CITY GIVE A HELPING HAND AND LEARN AND GET EDUCATED ALONG THE WAY HOW BEST TO BRING EQUITY INTO TRADITIONAL TOD.

SO, SO WHAT IS THAT? WHAT BRINGS E INTO TOD? SO IT'S ABOUT CREATING NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS OF ALL INCOME LEVELS AND ACTUALLY GIVE POLICIES SOME TEETH TO IT MITIGATE DISPLACEMENT AND UNINTENDED ADVERSE OUTCOME OF NEW DEVELOPMENT.

MANY OF THE OTHER CITIES IN THE COUNTRY HAVE, UH, DONE THIS AND AFTER, AFTER THE FACT, AFTER THE SYSTEM WAS BUILT, AND HERE WE HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO CREATE THAT FRAMEWORK WITH OUR LAND USE AUTHORITY PARTNERS, SO WE HAVE A CONSISTENT PLAN AND POLICY ACROSS THE BOARD, AND THEN ENCOURAGE MARKET SUPPORTED DEVELOPMENT TO HAPPEN ALONG WITH IT.

UM, SO I, THE REASON IT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT FTA CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANTS CRITERIA, LAND USE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ARE 16.5% EACH, WHICH ALLOWS 33% OF THE OVERALL FTA NEW STARTS RATING CRITERIA TO BE DEVOTED TO THIS.

SO IT, AS IMPORTANT AS IT IS TO, TO DO GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY, AS MAYOR MENTIONED, THE POTENTIAL AND PROMISES WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM OF PROJECT DOESN'T LEAVE BEHIND THE ONES THAT NEED IT MOST.

I, I WILL PASS IT ON TO ROSIE, BUT BEFORE I GO, I JUST, UH, WANTED TO MENTION THAT, UH, WE HAD THIS TWO GRANTS THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THIS.

THEY COVERED, UH, EXISTING CONDITIONS DASHBOARD, WHICH WAS, UH, INCREASED TRANSPARENCY TO ALL, UM, ALONG WITH A FINISHED STUDY THAT INCLUDED 98 STATIONS ALONG LIGHT TRAIL COMMUTER RAIL AND METRO RAPID ROUTES.

SO WHAT WAS OUR OBJECTIVE? OUR OBJECTIVE WAS TO GIVE CITI A BASELINE THAT ROSIE IS GONNA GO IN DEPTH ABOUT THE THOUGHT POLICY PLAN IN THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT CAT METRO CITY OF AUSTIN, IN COLLABORATION WITH ATP COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT REALLY SUPPORT AND POSITION PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM OF PROJECT IN FTA FEDERAL COMPETITIVENESS IN THAT, IN THAT PROCESS AS WELL.

AND FTA RECOGNIZED THAT CAP METRO AND CITY OF AUSTIN WAS ABLE TO PROVE THAT OUR FOCUS ON EQUITY AND PRIORITIZING UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES AND WE WERE REWARDED.

AND THIS IS WHAT I OFFER GOOD NEWS.

I'M REALLY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED THIS YEAR, FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW, ANOTHER $900,000 TO SUPPORT OUR EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED WORK.

AND THIS TIME WITH FOCUS ON IMPLEMENTATION.

SO WE ARE BEING NOTICED, IT'S BEING ADDRESSED, UH, AND REFERRED TO AS ONE OF THE TEMPLATES FOR ET O COUNTRYWIDE.

AND I'M REALLY HAPPY TO, UM, PASS IT ON TO ROSIE TO TALK ABOUT HOW SHE'S GONNA USE IT.

AND THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE PARTNERSHIP AND THE TEMPLATE OF THIS MULTI-AGENCY ALIGNMENT, AS I WOULD CALL IT.

I THINK IT'D BE A GREAT TEMPLATE FOR PROJECT CONNECT DELIVERY AS WELL.

THANK YOU, MR. MILLETT.

BEFORE WE MOVE ON, CHURCH PAVILION WANTS TO SAY A WORD.

JUST, I, I JUST WANTED TO, UH, TO SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS BECAUSE I THINK STAFF IS BEING, UH, MODEST AS IT RELATES TO INVESTMENTS, UH, IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT.

AS, AS YOU ALL KNOW, I, I JOINED, UH, CAP METRO'S BOARD IN 2018, AND THE FIRST VOTE THAT WE HAD WAS FOR CAP REMAP.

AND I ACTUALLY VOTED AGAINST THAT BECAUSE IT TOOK 12 ROUTES OUTTA PRECINCT ONE.

AND, AND I THOUGHT THAT, UH, THESE ROUTES WERE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITY, UH, AND PUT VOICE TO THAT.

BUT, UH, THROUGH OUR BOARD CHAIR AT THE TIME AND THE REST OF THE COLLEAGUES ON THE BOARD AND THE HARD WORK OF STAFF, UH, SINCE 2018, UH, CAP METRO HAS INVESTED MORE THAN 26 MILLION IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT, UH, TO TRY TO RESTORE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE LOST, BUT ALSO TO PREPARE

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US TO GO FORWARD IN AN EQUITABLE FASHION.

UH, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UM, PARK AND RIDE COMING INTO THE EXPO CENTER, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE USE OF PICKUP ROUTES, UH, GOING ALL THE WAY UP DESSA OUT TO, UH, WELLS BRANCH, UH, THE STAFF HAS DONE AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB OF DOING WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDED WHILE WE ARE PREPARING TO DO ADDITIONAL THINGS AS WE GO FORWARD.

AND I, I DID NOT WANT THIS OPPORTUNITY WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EQUITABLE TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES, UH, TO GO BY WITHOUT RECOGNIZING, UH, THE SIGNIFICANT COMMITMENT OF STAFF AND THE ORGANIZATION TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT, THAT, UH, THE EASTERN CRESCENT IS NOT LEFT BEHIND.

THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING THAT, AND CONGRATULATIONS, CHARMILLA AND THE TEAM FOR THIS REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

THANK YOU, MISS TRU LOVE.

HI, ROSIE TRULA, UH, THE DIRECTOR OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND, AND THANK YOU CHARMELLA FOR, FOR TEEING US UP TO TALK ABOUT, UM, THE CITY'S WORK ON THE E T OD POLICY PLAN.

UH, AND YOU'LL HEAR KIND OF ECHOING THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR REMARKS, UM, THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE FEEL EXISTS BETWEEN THESE AGENCIES.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP AS WELL.

UH, PROJECT CONNECT, AS WE KNOW, IS A ONCE IN A GENERATION INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THE PURPOSE, UM, AND THE PURPOSE OF THE ETO OD POLICY PLAN IS TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE THAT DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM SUPPORTS THIS INVESTMENT WHILE ADDRESSING HISTORIC INEQUITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH BETTER TRANSPORTATION ACCESS, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND INCREASED ACCESS TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES TO ENABLE ALL MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY TO THRIVE.

THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL HAS EMBRACED THE GOAL OF EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, AND IN 2021, THEY APPROVED A RESOLUTION DIRECTING STAFF TO PARTNER WITH CAT METRO ON THE EQUITABLE TRANSPORTATION ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT STUDY.

AND TO BRING BACK A SYSTEM-WIDE E T O D POLICY PLAN, UH, HOUSING AND PLANNING STAFF HAVE PARTNERED WITH A COMMUNITY IN CAP METRO TO DEVELOP THE ETOD POLICY PLAN THAT BUILDS ON A FOUNDATION PROVIDED BY THE STUDY.

THE PLAN DEFINES SIX MAJOR GOALS BY WHICH WE WILL GAUGE SUCCESS, UH, INCLUDES INFORMATION ABOUT EXISTING CONDITIONS AND CATEGORIZES FUTURE PROJECT CONNECT CESSATIONS INTO A TYPOLOGY.

THE PLAN INCLUDES A TOOLKIT OF POLICIES THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO SUPPORT EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

AND SOME OF THESE POLICIES IN THE TOOLKIT ARE ALREADY BEING APPLIED, INCLUDING THE ACTIVITIES FUNDED WITH THE 300 MILLION ANTI DISPLACEMENT FUNDING, WHILE OTHERS WILL REQUIRE FUTURE WORK ON THE PART OF THE CITY CAP METRO AND OUR PARTNERS.

THE PLAN ALSO PRIORITIZES STATIONS FOR FUTURE PLANNING SERVICES AND INCLUDES A WORK PLAN FOR STATION AREA SPECIFIC PLANNING AND REGULATORY CHANGES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT THURSDAY, UH, ON DECEMBER 8TH, THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE E T OD POLICY PLAN AND INITIATING SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES IF APPROVED BY COUNCIL.

NEXT STEPS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS WOULD INCLUDE, UH, AMENDING, IMAGINE AUSTIN AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO CREATE AN E T O D PLANNING PROGRAM, CREATING AND APPLYING A VOLUNTARY E T O D OVERLAY, DEVELOPING STATION AREA VISION PLANS FOR NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER AND SOUTH CONGRESS TRANSIT CENTER, DEVELOPING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE MODIFICATIONS TO THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR PLAN, AND DEVELOPING AN EQUITY SCORECARD TO EVALUATE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT AT STATION AREAS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WHILE WE ARE MAKING THESE AMENDMENTS AND PLANS TO ENSURE THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN CAN DELIVER SOMETHING DIFFERENT, KNOWING THAT HISTORICALLY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE OFTEN BEEN NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY TRANSIT INVESTMENTS, IN ADDITION TO THE ETOD PLANNING PROCESS, THE PROJECT CONNECT ANTIS DISPLACEMENT FUNDS ARE ANOTHER TOOL THAT WE ARE USING TO PROVIDE DIFFERENT OUTCOMES TO VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS AND THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS.

WE WERE TASKED WITH CREATING AN EQUITY TOOL TO GUIDE THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS.

CITY STAFF RECRUITED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD AT LEAST ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT GENERALLY MAKES A HOUSEHOLD VULNERABLE TO DISPLACEMENT.

THROUGH THIS DEEP COMMIT, THIS DEEP ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, WE CO-CREATED THE EQUITY TOOL WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

THE RESULTING TOOL CONTINUES TO INFORM HOW WE ARE PROCEEDING WITH OUR ANTI-DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS.

UM, THE, THE REPORT IS CALLED THE NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US REPORT, UH, AND THERE IS, UH, A LINK ON THE SLIDE, AND WE'RE HAPPY TO PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THAT, SHOULD YOU GUYS ASK FOR IT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

WE ALSO CREATED A SERIES OF ANTI-DISPLACEMENT MAPS.

THE DATA IN THESE MAPS HELPS STAFF TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE COMPOSITION OF NEIGHBORHOODS.

FOR INSTANCE, WE CAN IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS WITHIN A GIVEN NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE DATA ALSO ALLOWS US TO SEE AT THE CENSUS TRACK LEVEL, A HOUSEHOLD'S RISK FACTOR THAT MIGHT MAKE THEM MORE VULNERABLE TO DISPLACEMENT.

THE INFORMATION HELPS THE CITY TO BE PROACTIVE WITH OUR STRATEGIES TO HELP STABILIZE COMMUNITIES.

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WE ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO, TO CHECK OUT THIS MAP, UH, THIS MAP SERIES THAT WE HAVE.

IT'S AVAILABLE AT, UM, THE, THE LINK THAT'S ON THE SCREEN.

I WON'T READ IT OUT, UH, BUT I DO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH, UH, WITH THE MAPS.

CAN I GET THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE? WITH THE INITIAL 65 MILLION ALLOCATION, WE FOCUSED OUR EFFORTS ON A BALANCED MIXTURE OF BOTH SHORT AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIES TO REDUCE DISPLACEMENT PRESSURES.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS INCLUDED 20 MILLION IN FUNDING TO COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO ADDRESS A VARIETY OF HOUSING NEEDS FOR RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS.

WITH THE BALANCE OF THE FUNDING, WE FOCUSED ON LAND ACQUISITION AND PRODUCING ADDITIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

YOU CAN SEE THE, THE THREE DIFFERENT FUNDING AREAS, UH, HIGHLIGHTED ON THE SLIDE.

23 MILLION FOR LAND ACQUISITION, 20 MILLION FOR OUR COMMUNITY INITIATED SOLUTIONS, AND 21 MILLION IN REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT.

UM, AS FAR AS ACHIEVEMENTS, WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION RECENTLY APPROVED ALLOCATION OF 20 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY INITIATED SOLUTIONS TO 14 DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS.

UH, IN OUR REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT REALM, WE HAVE FIVE DEVELOPMENTS, UM, THAT ARE RESULTING IN 380 UNITS, BELOW 50% MEDIAN FAMILY, UH, INCOME, AND 23 OWNERSHIP UNITS BELOW 80% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

AND FOR OUR LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAM, WE HAVE A HUNDRED, UH, SO FAR, 162 UNITS, UH, PRESERVED OF NATURALLY OCCURRING AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

SO WE'RE VERY HAPPY TO SHARE THOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH YOU.

UH, MAY I HAVE THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE? WE ARE CONTINUING TO COLLABORATE WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS AS WE ENTER NEXT YEAR.

HOUSING AND PLANNING STAFF IS WORKING WITH THE CAC TO FINALIZE ANTI DISPLACEMENT BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

WE WILL ALSO BE PRIORITIZING WORK THAT PROVIDES TRANSPARENCY AROUND OUR DELIVERABLES, INCLUDING A PUBLIC FACING DASHBOARD TO SHOW WHERE THE ANTIS DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

AND AS WAS MENTIONED BEFORE, WE ARE, WE WILL BE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS AT ATP AND CAP METRO TO ESTABLISH ANTI DISPLACEMENT AND EQUITY KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS.

AND I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO ANIQUE.

LET'S SEE IF I CAN REACH.

THANK YOU ROSIE.

UH, AND THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THE 300 MILLION ANTIS DISPLACEMENT.

UM, IT'S QUITE IMPRESSIVE AND A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW, BUT I'M GOING TO TRY, UM, AN BODAY.

I'M THE MOBILITY OFFICER, UM, FOR THE PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND IN ADDITION TO THE CITY'S ROLE IN E T O D AND DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION, UM, THE CITY HAS PUT TOGETHER A PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE, UM, IN THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE TO SPECIFICALLY SUPPORT THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND CAPITAL METRO IN THE DESIGN, PERMITTING AND DELIVERY OF THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM OF PROJECTS, WHICH IS NO SMALL TASK.

TWO WEEKS AGO, WE TOOK AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN IMPROVING THE CITY'S PERMITTING PROCESSES FOR THE PROGRAM AS A WHOLE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY AND ORDINANCE THAT PROVIDES A FOUNDATION AND A ONE STOP SHOP FOR PROJECT CONNECT SPECIFIC REGULATIONS THAT WILL BENEFIT THE PROGRAM AS IT PROCEEDS.

WE, UM, AS, AS THE PROGRAM PROCEEDS AND WE KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW WE CAN BE EFFICIENT IN, IN KEEPING TRUE TO CITY VALUES AND, AND ALSO, UM, IMPLEMENTING THE PROJECT, WE WILL BE ADDING ON TO THIS, TO THIS ORDINANCE.

BUT IT'S ONE PLACE, UM, WHERE THE PUBLIC CAN GO WITH TRANSPARENCY TO ONE ORDINANCE NUMBER TO FIND OUT ABOUT HOW AND WHAT IS CHANGING IN ORDER TO REALIZE, UM, PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, THE, THE ORDINANCE WAS A RESULT OF A RESOLUTION THAT WAS PASSED IN OCTOBER OF 2021 BY THE CITY COUNCIL WITH ACCOMPANYING, UM, SUPPORT RESOLUTIONS FROM THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD AND THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD, UM, ASKING US TO LOOK AT WHAT WE MIGHT KNOW INITIALLY AS OBSTACLES, UM, TO IMPLEMENTING THIS PROGRAM AND TO, AND TO BE TWO STEPS AHEAD.

UM, BECAUSE AS WE KNOW FROM LOOKING AT PROGRAMS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THAT, UM, PERMITTING PROCESSES AND LAND USE REGULATIONS, UM, CAN OFTEN BE THINGS THAT, THAT PUT PROJECTS BEHIND SCHEDULE.

UM, ALONG, UH, ALONG WITH THE, UM, ALONG WITH THE ORDINANCE, I WANT TO GIVE PRAISE TO, UH, ALMOST ALL THE DEPARTMENTS, ABOUT 25 OF OUR 40 SOME DEPARTMENTS WHO HAD A HAND IN THIS ORDINANCE.

SO OUR OFFICE, THE PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE, UM, IS TRYING VERY, VERY HARD TO INCORPORATE PROJECT CONNECT INTO THE DNA OF THE ORGANIZATION BECAUSE IT'S GONNA BE HERE FOR A WHILE AND WE'RE GONNA NEED TO THINK DIFFERENTLY TO DELIVER A PROJECT OF THIS SCALE.

SO I WANNA SAY THANK YOU, UM, PUBLICLY TO ALL THE DEPARTMENTS, UM, WHO ALSO HELPED WITH THIS, UM, WITH THIS ORDINANCE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UM, IN ADDITION TO, UM, POLICY SUPPORT, THE PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE AS MS.

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KING POINTED OUT.

UM, PROACTIVELY HELPING CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW WITH METRO RAPID DESIGN AND PERMITTING, AS WELL AS THE RED LINE, UM, METRO RAIL DOUBLE TRACKING.

UM, AND ALSO AS WE WORK THROUGH, UM, THE WORK WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW WITH, UM, WITH THE LIGHT RAIL DURING THE PAUSE.

SO AGAIN, THIS YEAR, UM, WE ARE, WE HAVE COORDINATED, AGAIN, WITH, WITH ALL THE KEY DEPARTMENTS TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH METRO RAPID DOUBLE TRACKING, UM, AND THE LIGHT RAIL IN AN EFFICIENT WAY.

UM, AND WE'VE ALSO BEEN FOCUSING, UM, A, A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS PAST YEAR HAS BEEN WITH OUR UTILITIES, AUSTIN ENERGY, AUSTIN WATER AND WATERSHED IN, IN PUTTING TOGETHER WHAT IS CALLED A UTILITIES RULES OF PRACTICE, WHICH IS A, A GUIDEBOOK ON HOW THE DEPARTMENTS AND THE LEADERSHIP IN THE DEPARTMENTS WILL APPROACH COORDINATING UTILITY RELOCATIONS AND ANY CHANGES TO OUR CRITERIA THAT MAY HAP THAT MAY NEED TO HAPPEN.

IT'S A FIRST STEP, UM, AND A VERY IMPORTANT FIRST STEP, AND IT IS COMPLETE.

AND IT WAS, IT WAS A LOT OF ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES AND WORKING THROUGH A LOT OF NITTY GRITTY.

IT IS BEING, UM, ADMINISTRATIVELY REVIEWED AND WILL BE SIGNED OFF IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.

AND THEN WE WILL CONTINUE THE WORK TO, UH, MAKE SOME CHANGES THAT WERE IDENTIFIED THAT THAT NEEDED TO HAPPEN THROUGH SEPARATE PROCESSES.

UM, LASTLY, I WANT TO, UM, BEFORE I HAND THE PRESENTATION BACK OVER TO COURTNEY TO TALK ABOUT CENTERING THE COMMUNITY, I WANNA GIVE A PLUG, UM, TO A BBC, UH, STORY ABOUT PROJECT CONNECT THAT IS TOLD THROUGH THE EYES OF THE COMMUNITY AND FEATURES OUR ATP BOARD CHAIR, VERONICA CASTRO DERE.

AND I WANNA THANK THE MAYOR FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH C 40 CITIES, WHICH IS A, A MEMBERSHIP OF GLOBAL MAYORS WHO, UM, WANT TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.

AND, UH, THEY DECIDED TO DO A PROJECT TO HIGHLIGHT CITIES WHO HAVE, UM, SIGNIFICANT LOCAL INITIATIVES THAT TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.

AND GUESS WHAT AUSTIN AND PROJECT CONNECT WAS PICKED.

AND, UM, THE, THE INTERACTIVE STORY IS TOLD THROUGH THE EYES OF MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

IT'S REALLY GOOD.

IT'S AT BBC.COM STORY WORKS AND I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL, UM, TO LOOK AT IT.

AND I THANK YOU BOTH, MAYOR AND CHAIR BAR KESSLER DE FOR YOUR, UM, EFFORT ON THAT.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL PASS IT OVER TO COURTNEY TO TALK MORE ABOUT CENTERING COMMUNITY VOICES AND PROJECT CONNECT.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

I THINK, SO I GET THE FUN PART OF TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THE ENGAGEMENT THAT WE HAVE DONE ACROSS ALL THREE BODIES THIS PAST YEAR.

UM, I HOPE WHAT YOU'RE TAKING AWAY FROM THIS CONVERSATION IS HOW MUCH WORK WE HAVE DONE.

IT HAS BEEN EXTENSIVE, AND THAT IS NO LESS IN OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UM, EFFORTS AS WELL.

AND SO, UH, SLIDE 25 AND 26 ARE IMAGES OF A LOT OF THE ENGAGEMENT WE'VE DONE ACROSS OUR, UM, OUR PARTNERSHIP.

IT'S BEEN REALLY MOVING US INTO A NEW PHASE OF CENTERING, CENTERING COMMUNITY VALUES.

MEANING THAT WE ARE SHIFTING THE WAY THAT WE DO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE GOING TO WHERE COMMUNITY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE IDENTIFYING, UM, LOCATIONS, COMMUNITIES, AREAS WHERE WE MAYBE HAVE NOT BEEN AS ACTIVE OR EFFECTIVE IN ENGAGING BEFORE.

AND LEARNING FROM THAT PROCESS TO, TO MOVE US AND DEVELOP NEW, NEW METHODS OF ENGAGEMENT.

UH, WE KNOW THAT BY DOING THIS, BY HAVING ONGOING AND CONSISTENT OUTREACH, OUR GOAL IS TO BUILD TRUST, TO MAINTAIN AND GAIN NEW RELATIONSHIPS WHERE THEY DID NOT EXIST BEFORE.

UH, THAT WILL ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO PROVIDE US FEEDBACK IN OUR SERVICES, IN HOW WE'RE DOING OUR WORK, BECAUSE THE PURPOSE IS TO DO IT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

SO WITH THAT, WE KNOW THAT THERE'S STILL WORK TO BE DONE IN THIS PROCESS, ABSOLUTELY, HANDS DOWN, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AND GROW IN THAT SPACE TO KNOW HOW TO MOVE INTO MORE COMMUNITY LED PROCESSES AROUND ENGAGEMENT.

UM, IT'LL, IT'S AN ONGOING PROCESS.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO LEARN AND WELCOME ANY FEEDBACK FROM THAT AS WELL.

AND SO WITH THAT, I BELIEVE THAT CONCLUDES OUR DISCUSSION AT THIS POINT, IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, TEAM.

THIS IS A REALLY HEAVY LIFT AND I, IT DEMONSTRATES THE HARD WORK ALSO BECAUSE IT'S QUIET WORK A LOT OF TIMES BEHIND THE SCENES.

SO WHEN YOU DON'T SEE MACHINES TURNING LIKE MOLLY, YOU HAVE HAVE ALL THE EYE CANDY, RIGHT, WITH THE VIDEOS OF ALL THE CONSTRUCTION TURNING, BUT THERE'S SO MUCH WORK BEHIND THE SCENES THAT Y'ALL HAVE DONE.

SO REALLY, I THINK JUST PASSING THIS RESOLUTION AND THANKING COUNCIL FOR PASSING THE, THE RESOLUTION RECENTLY ABOUT PERMITTING, IT'S A MAJOR WIN.

SO THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THAT.

WORK WITH THAT.

UM, GREG, DO YOU WANNA CONTINUE? AND, AND ACTUALLY THIS IS A REALLY GOOD MOMENT FOR, FOR THE NEXT 25

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MINUTES CUZ WE'RE A LITTLE BIT BEHIND SCHEDULE.

THIS SHOULD BE A DIALOGUE.

ANY QUESTIONS THAT THIS DIAS HAS? MEMBER KITCHEN? YEAH, I JUST WANNA SAY, WELL, FIRST OFF, I WANNA SAY THANK YOU.

UM, I, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE, THE TIME TO, TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE.

IT'S JUST A REMINDER TO ALL OF US THAT PROJECT CONNECT IS A, UM, IT, IT'S A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM AND IT COVERS JUST A WHOLE RANGE OF PIECES.

UM, AND, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, WE, YOU ALL HAVE GIVEN US, UH, A GOOD OVERVIEW OF ALL THOSE PIECES AND THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE MADE.

UM, AND SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND IT ALSO EMPHASIZES HOW INTEGRAL TO ALL THIS THE, UM, THE EQUITY ASPECT IS, UM, THAT IT'S NOT A, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE DO IN ADDITION, IT IS, IT IS WHAT WE DO WITH PROJECT CONNECT.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, I DO WANNA HIGHLIGHT ONE OTHER PIECE AND JUST ASK, UM, OR MAYBE BRAG ON IT A LITTLE BIT.

AND THAT'S THE, UM, THE METRO BIKE PART, BECAUSE I JUST WANNA REMIND FOLKS THAT PROJECT CONNECT ALSO INCLUDES METRO BIKE, WHICH IS THAT FIRST LAST MILE THING.

AND THEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ELECTRIC BIKES.

UM, AND SO THAT'S ANOTHER PIECE, YOU KNOW, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT THE, THE PARK AND RIDE'S REALLY IMPORTANT IN THE BR THE, THE BUS RAPID TRANSIT LINES AND ALL OF THAT.

BUT JUST WANNA REMIND FOLKS THAT WE'VE ALSO MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AROUND METRO BIKE.

SO, AND I DON'T KNOW IF OUR STAFF WANTS TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THAT.

SO I, I PERSONALLY SEE METRO BIKE AS A INCREDIBLY POWERFUL FIRST AND LAST MILE, AS YOU MENTIONED, AND IN, AND NOT JUST A FIRST AND LAST MILE.

IT'S, IT'S ORGANIC TO AUSTIN'S CULTURE.

SO I THINK IT'S ALSO SUPPORTING THE ACTIVE TRANS TRANSPORTATION ENVIRONMENT.

I SEE THAT AS A SUPPORTIVE, UH, TRANSPORTATION, UH, OPTION FOR PROJECT, PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM OF PROJECTS WITHOUT A DOUBT.

SO HOW WELL WE INTEGRATE THAT WITH FUTURE LIGHT TRAIL AND STATIONS AND OUR METRO RAPID LINES, THAT IS WHERE OUR SORT OF DESIGN DETAILS WOULD COME INTO PLAY.

BUT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT.

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, WHO WOULD LIKE, ANY QUESTIONS? ANYBODY ELSE HAS COMMENTS, QUESTIONS? MEMBER MEDICINE? THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE BEING RECOGNIZED.

I JUST WANTED TO, UM, SORT OF DOUBLE DOWN ON, I, I WAS LISTENING AS YOU, MY EARS ALWAYS PERK UP WHEN I HEAR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, CUZ MORE OFTEN THAN NOT I'M DISAPPOINTED AT THE EFFORT.

AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I HAVE ACTIVELY BEEN WATCHING TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO CONSIDER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN'S POINT AN IMPERATIVE COMPONENT.

IT'S NOT, YOU KNOW, AN ADDITIONAL VARIABLE.

IT IS A PART OF THE EQUATION FROM THE START.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THE LEVEL OF INTENTION THAT'S GONE FORWARD.

UM, I, I WILL NEVER SAY THAT WE CAN'T GO A LITTLE BIT FURTHER WHEN WE'RE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION HOW WE EXECUTE REALLY COMPREHENSIVE, UM, CULTURALLY COMPETENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

BUT I THINK GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE SYSTEM SYSTEMS, YOU KNOW, HOUSING, LAND USE, URBAN PLANNING, TRANSIT, INFO INFRASTRUCTURE, THESE ARE TRADITIONALLY CONVERSATIONS THAT INCLUDE LAY PEOPLE.

BUT HERE WE ARE MAKING DECISIONS, HUNDREDS OF YEARS WORTH OF TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT EVERYBODY, BUT SOMEHOW WE INHERENTLY LEAVE FOLKS OUT OF THE DIALOGUE.

I THINK A PART OF THE PROBLEM THERE THAT MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT FOR US TO TRANSCEND THE INHERENT DIFFICULTY IS THAT FOLKS WHO SPEAK TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE ARE SPEAKING JAPANESE AND EVERYBODY ELSE IS SPEAKING PORTUGUESE.

WE DON'T EVEN SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE.

HALF OF US DON'T KNOW WHAT Y'ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT.

AND I THINK THAT SORT OF IMBALANCE ALWAYS LEAVES ROOM FOR LEAVING A BAD TASTE IN PEOPLE'S MOUTHS.

UM, THE, THE VERY NATURE OF ADULT EDUCATION IS YOU FIRST HAVE TO GET ADULTS WHO ARE LEARNING TO TRUST YOU, TO TEACH THEM AND NOT TO, UM, PATRONIZE THEM WHEN YOU DO IT.

AND SO I I RECOGNIZE, FULLY RECOGNIZE THE LEVEL OF COMPLICATION THAT, UM, THIS SORT OF REAL COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REQUIRES.

UM, BUT THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TYPICALLY ARE DIFFICULT.

SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT AS A PERSON WHO HAS DECIDED TO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO BE PERPETUALLY CRITICAL, I AM IMPRESSED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PUTTING FORTH THE NECESSARY LEVEL OF INTENTION AND THOUGHT.

IT'S, IT'S NOTICED.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE, UM, THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THE

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WORK AND, AND THE PRESENTATION AND CLEARLY ON THESE PIECES, WHICH WERE ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE SOME OF THE EARLY OUT PIECES FOR THE PROJECT WE WERE MAKING, REALLY US AND AND APPRECIATE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO SORT OF HIGHLIGHT THAT AND HOW THAT'S HAPPENING.

UM, I DID WANNA GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY THOUGH, TO IDENTIFY ANY CHALLENGES IN THESE AREAS, UM, THAT WE NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF AS THE BODIES THAT ARE, AS THE BODIES THAT ARE GOVERNING EACH OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ULTIMATELY MAKE IT EASIER OR HARDER FOR YOU TO COOPERATE AMONGST YOURSELVES, .

AND I ASK THAT, ASSUMING THAT WE'RE GONNA BE HEARING A LOT ABOUT, UM, SOME OF, SOME OF THE ASPECTS FOR THE LIGHT RAIL THAT ARE DECISION POINTS, IF THERE ARE, UM, SIMILAR QUESTIONS FOR THESE EARLIER OUT PORTIONS THAT WE SHOULD HEAR ABOUT.

IF THERE'S NOT, THAT'S GREAT.

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM IF THERE'S NOT, I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE.

I'LL START AN BODAY.

UM, YEAH, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, MAYOR PROTE.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE, THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE CHALLENGES WITH OUR SUCCESSES AND, YOU KNOW, FROM THE, FROM THE CITY, UH, PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE SIDE OF THINGS, YOU KNOW, IT'S, WE'RE BALANCING ALL, UM, CITY VALUES AND HAVING TO LOOK AT A LOT OF TRADE OFFS, WHICH WILL BE TRANSLATED TO WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN THE SPRING WITH, WITH YOU ALL.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, JUST RECOGNIZING THAT, THAT OUR, THAT, THAT OUR, THOSE ARE CHALLENGES THAT WE WORK WITH EVERYONE ACROSS THIS TABLE EVERY DAY.

AND, UM, AND WE, AND WE, WE, WE BE, WE'RE DIPLOMATIC ABOUT IT AND WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO GET TO THE RIGHT, TO THE RIGHT SOLUTION.

UM, BUT I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING SPECIFIC, UM, TO POINT OUT.

BUT JUST RECOGNIZING, UM, THAT THERE WILL BE HARD DECISIONS AS WE MOVE THE, THE PROGRAM FORWARD.

AND THE ONLY THING I'LL ADD IS THAT WHAT ANIKA SAID IS, IS A TESTAMENT TO HOW WELL WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER AT THE STAFF AS A TEAM TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE SEE CHALLENGES, WE ARE BEING PROACTIVE AND BEING ABLE TO ENGAGE AND, AND ANSWER THOSE CHALLENGES AS THEY COME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANYBODY ELSE HAS ANY OTHER COMMENTS? I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME OUR BOARD MEMBER JUAN GARZA.

HE'S NEW TO THIS GROUP, AND I ALSO WANTED TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK THE PARTNERS MEMBER STRATTON, MEMBER COOPER, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS AND MAYOR PUTTEN AL FOR SELECTING OUR NEW BOARD MEMBER.

THAT IS A, THAT WAS A HEAVY LIFT, A BIG SHOES TO FILL WITH DR.

BURNETT'S ABSENCE, BUT WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE YOU JOIN US AND WELCOME TO THE GROUPS, UH, MEMBER GARZA.

DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS TO ADDRESS THE GROUP? AND WE WANT TO, WE WANT THEM TO GET TO KNOW YOU TOO, .

SURE.

HERE, I THOUGHT I WOULD JUST KIND OF FAD INTO THE BACKGROUND, BUT YOU DIDN'T GIMME THAT CHANCE, DID YOU? UH, I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU FOR, UM, THE OPPORTUNITY.

I, I CONSIDERED IT AN HONOR, UH, TO BE HERE.

I WILL WORK AS HARD AS I CAN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

UM, AND IN THAT VEIN, UH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORK.

I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

IT'S A LOT.

UH, I'M NEW, SO, UH, IT KIND OF BLOWS ME AWAY, UM, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE FOLKS LIKE ME THAT AREN'T AS UP TO SPEED AS YOU ARE.

UH, I WOULD APPRECIATE A MACRO MAP WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU SHOW A PROJECT THAT SHOWS WHERE IN THE SERVICE AREA IT IS AND, AND THEN COME TO THE SPECIFIC PROJECT, I THINK IT GIVES A BETTER PICTURE OF, UH, OF HOW THE ENTIRE SERVICE AREA IS BEING IMPACTED.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME AGAIN, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YOUR KINDNESS IN JOINING US IN THIS HEAVY LIFT TOGETHER.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS? YES.

MEMBER RENTERIA.

OH YES.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

UH, UH, I JUST WANNA SAY THAT Y'ALL DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB.

I, UH, I WENT TO, UM, TO MEET WITH THE ADMINISTRATORS THERE IN WASHINGTON DC WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

AND ONE OF THE FIRST COMMENTS THAT CAME OUT OF THE ADMINISTER THAT HOW Y'ALL ADDRESSING THE DISPLACEMENT ISSUE ISSUES.

AND, UH, I GOT TO TELL HER THAT AS THE ONLY ELECTED OFFICIAL HERE, WE WERE ABLE TO CONVINCE OUR CITIZENS TO SUPPORT US AND TO VOTE FOR A THREE, $300 MILLION, YOU KNOW, RE UH, SOLUTION FOR, UH, DISPLACEMENT THAT WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO ADDRESS.

SO, UH, WHEN I WENT WITH THE NATIONAL LEADER CITY HERE JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, I RAN INTO, UH, ALICIA, FELICIA JANE, AND SHE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH WHAT, HOW WE ARE DOING HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND I JUST WANTED TO LET THE LET Y'ALL KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, SHE

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KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE, HOW, WHAT Y'ALL ARE DOING, AND SHE REALLY WANTS TO THANK, THANK GOD FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB.

THANK YOU FOR THAT COUNCIL MEMBER.

AND, AND I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE NEFERTITI JACKMAN.

SHE'S OUR COMMUNITY DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION OFFICER AND SHE'S IN THE ROOM, SMILE AND WAVE NEFERTITI, UH, AND SHE'S DOING AN AMAZING JOB AS SHE'S LIFTING THIS, THIS BRAND NEW, HONESTLY, UM, RECORD BREAKING, FANTASTIC INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO HOW WE HANDLE DISPLACEMENT PRESSURES ASSOCIATED WITH REAL CONSTRUCTION.

SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO BE PART OF THIS THANK YOU MEMBER KITCHEN.

UM, AND YES, AND THANK YOU, UM, MEMBER ENTR, COUNCIL MEMBER ENTR FOR BRINGING THAT UP.

UM, I ALSO JUST WANTED TO MENTION, I KNOW IT'S BEEN A PARTICULAR, UH, CHALLENGE, UM, TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO, UM, HOW TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY INITIATED, UM, SOLUTIONS WITH THE, UM, WITH THE, UM, YOU KNOW, WITH THE ANTIS DISPLACEMENT DOLLARS.

UM, BECAUSE THAT'S BEEN A REALLY NEW PROCESS.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S A PIECE OF WHAT WE'RE DOING, THE LAND ACQUISITION, THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT.

WE'RE MORE, UH, MORE FAMILIAR WITH HOW TO DO THAT, BUT HOW TO WORK WITH SPECIFIC, UM, COMMUNITIES ALONG THE LINES, THE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY DATA AS THOSE AT RISK OF ANTIS DISPLACEMENT AND REALLY GETTING TO THE LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON IN THOSE AREAS, UM, AND FITTING SOLUTIONS, UM, TO THOSE AREAS.

CUZ EACH OF THOSE AREAS IS DIFFERENT, UM, IS CHALLENGING.

UM, AND FITTING THOSE SOLUTIONS TO THOSE AREAS IN A WAY THAT WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING THERE RIGHT NOW IS EVEN MORE CHALLENGING.

SO I APPRECIATE ALL THE PROGRESS THAT, UH, NEFERTITI AND HER TEAM, UM, AND YOU ROSIE AND YOUR TEAM HAVE MADE IN THAT REGARD.

UM, AND, UM, JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I KNOW THAT AS WE CONTINUE GOING DOWN THAT ROAD, THAT'S GONNA BE EVEN MORE AND MORE CRITICAL.

UM, 300 MILLION IS A LOT OF MONEY, BUT 300 MILLION IS ALSO NOT A LOT OF MONEY WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, AND, YOU KNOW, UM, AND, UM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON KNOWS VERY WELL.

YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS ALSO, UM, THAT, UM, THAT 300 MILLION IS A LOT OF MONEY, BUT NOT A LOT OF MONEY.

AND IT NEEDS TO BE FOCUSED ON SOLUTIONS THAT ARE GONNA WORK IN SPECIFIC AREAS AND THAT WORK FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE AND WHO KNOW WHAT THEY NEED.

SO I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS.

THANK YOU, MEMBER KITCHEN.

I, ON THAT NOTE, YOU KNOW, ON SLIDE 21, YOU DID SHOW THE THREE AREAS OF HOW THE DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION INVESTMENTS ARE BEING ALLOCATED.

AND ONE THING I LIKE TO REMIND THE PUBLIC IS THAT THOSE THREE CRITERIA OR THREE CATEGORIES WERE DEFINED BY THE CAC.

THEY SENT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS THROUGH TO THE GROUP.

BUT THE PART I'M CURIOUS, AND, AND I KNOW THIS WAS A UNIQUE APPROACH WITH GIVING THE GRANT TO 20 MILLION TO 14 ORGANIZATIONS.

SO MY QUESTION IS, HOW DO YOU, WHEN DO YOU HEAR BACK FROM THEM ON WHAT THEY'RE RECOMMENDING? IS THERE A TIMELINE FOR THAT? UM, SURE.

I WOULD LOVE TO INVITE NEFERTITI, UH, UP TO THE TABLE TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ABOUT, UM, THE TIMELINES ASSOCIATED AND HOW, UM, HOW WE TOOK THE, THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CAC, UH, AND TURNED IT INTO THE COMMUNITY INITIATED SOLUTIONS RFP, THAT, THAT, OR I'LL CALL IT AN RFP, UM, THAT THAT CAME OUT AND HOW WE GOT TO THE POINT OF HAVING THE CONTRACTS AND WHERE WE'RE AT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, NEFERTITI.

OKAY.

UM, SO THE COMMUNITY INITIATED SOLUTIONS, THEY WERE INFORMED BY THE RACIAL ANTIS DISPLACEMENT, RACIAL EQUITY, ANTIS DISPLACEMENT TOOLS.

SO THEY HELP WORKING WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS HELP TO PRIORITIZE WHERE THE INVESTMENTS WOULD BE GOING.

AND FROM THAT, UM, WHAT WE DID, WE TOOK THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THAT